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lola's homemade pizza recipe

Making your homemade pizza is like an art that you have to do over and over again in order to master it, even after the mastery you might still need some tweakings here and there just to suit your needs. 
Course Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword easy, homemade, pepperoni pizza, Pizza
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 1680kcal
Author Lola Osinkolu


For The Pizza Dough

  • 3 Cups Bread Flour
  • 2 Tsp Yeast
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1-1/4 Cups Water
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt or to taste

For The Pizza Sauce

  • 6 oz Tomato paste 3/4 Cup
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 Tbsp Onion powder
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1/2 Tbsp Black Pepper
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3/4 to 1 Cup water
  • 1/2 Tsp Honey or Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Tsp salt or to taste

Toppings - use what you like

  • Mozzarella Cheese/provolone cheese
  • Pineapple
  • Pepperoni
  • Beef


Pizza Sauce

  • Stir together the Tomato paste, Italian seasoning, Onion Powder, minced garlic, black pepper, olive oil, water, honey, or brown sugar, and salt to taste and set aside.
  • Combine the yeast, sugar, and warm water in a large bowl and leave it to sit for about 5 to 10 minutes until the yeast is dissolved and foamy, then stir in the olive oil and salt.
  • Add the flour and mix it until all the ingredients are well combined, then transfer it to a work surface and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  • Form the dough into a ball and place it in a bowl that has been coated with olive oil, turn it around so that it can be evenly coated with the oil then cover it with a plastic wrap or damp kitchen towel and leave it to rise for 1 hour or till it's doubled in size.
  • Punch down the dough to remove the trapped air then transfer it back to a lightly floured work surface and divide the dough into your choice of size (I made a large one -14-inch and a small one - 4 inches)
  • Use your hand to push the dough from the center, then onwards while still maintaining a circular shape. If you are finding this hard to do, you can just use a rolling pin.
  • Dust the pizza pan with some cornmeal and place the flattened out dough on the pan and continue to push the dough till it reaches the size of your pan making sure you create a lip around the edge for the crust. Now leave this to rest for about 5 minutes before adding the toppings.
  • Brush the dough with some olive oil, concentrating more on the edges this will help to achieve the golden-brown crust.
  • Spread the sauce on the pizza, add the cheese (I used a combination of Mozzarella and provolone cheese) and your favorite toppings then bake in a 450 and bake for 10 to 12 minutes rotating halfway between.
  • Pizza is best enjoyed while still hot, however, it is still advisable to allow the pizza to cool for a few minutes in order to prevent burns. Enjoy!



Calories: 1680kcal | Carbohydrates: 332g | Protein: 57g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 3273mg | Potassium: 2216mg | Fiber: 22g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 2785IU | Vitamin C: 39.1mg | Calcium: 220mg | Iron: 9.6mg